Sunday, May 29, 2011
Man, I can't believe how different life is once the season starts. I guess that's what happens when you haven't been in "baseball mode" for more than two years. Time works differently during the baseball season. I tell people all the time that I usually don't know what day it is, and sometimes what month it is. Although most people think I'm kidding around with them, I can assure you, right now is most definitely one of those times. There are no weekends during the season, so a Tuesday feels a hell of a lot like a Saturday, and since it's still raining everyday in Syracuse, it could possibly be February. It really is a strange feeling when everyday feels the exact same way.
I've been so busy lately that I just realized I haven't been on here in more than a week. I think that's some kind of record for me. I was on the road in Rochester, New York for four days and now have spent four days back home in Syracuse. During my time away from the field I've been working hard to lock down an apartment to live in. I've been in a hotel everyday since the middle of February, so getting out of one and into something that kind of resembles a house is a high priority for me. I'm hoping next week will be my last time in a hotel for a while. I can only hear "Housekeeping!" about two more times before I totally lose it.
Out of everything that goes on during the Minor League baseball season, there is really only one thing that truly upsets me, and it's happening tomorrow. It's plane flights. Triple-A is known to have one of the worst travel schedules of any league or sport in the country. Luckily the International League is a whole let better than the Pacific Coast League when it comes to travel, but every now and then we will have a trip from hell. Tomorrow morning we have a 3:30 AM wake up call to head to the airport where we will fly a connecting flight to Louisville, Kentucky. I'm still trying to decide if I should even go to sleep tonight after our game. I will probably get out of the field tonight around 10:30 PM, and by the time I'm done eating dinner it will be past midnight. It would probably feel better just to stay up through the night, but we have a 4:00 PM game tomorrow in Kentucky, so if I go that route I may be falling asleep at 2nd base during the game. Plus it's pretty tough to hit a little round white thing being thrown at you when your eyes are half closed. Anyways, although I will feel horrible for most of the day tomorrow, nothing will feel quite as good as when the game is over and I put my head down on my pillow later that night.
Well, like usual, I got to head out to the field for our game today. I hope everyone has a great week and I will talk to everyone when I arrive in Louisville!
Posted by Matt Antonelli at 12:35 PM
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Hey guys, how are we doing? I hope everyone has survived the last twenty days of rain. I don't believe I have ever seen it rain this much in my life. Also, I don't want to jinx it just yet, but it seems we've also survived the end of the world. Slap hands on both accounts!
Right now I'm hanging out in my hotel room in Rochester, New York after playing a game against the Rochester Red Wings, the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. After playing with the Harrisburg Senators for four games I was sent to play with the Syracuse Chiefs in the International League about five days ago. I officially feel like a nomad now, traveling around the country without a permanent home for the past three months. If only I could use my reward points at our team hotels. I would probably be able to trade them in for a new Mercedes.
I've been pretty busy during the few days I've been in Syracuse, mostly looking for an apartment to live in. I was debating between moving into an apartment or just living in a hotel for the summer since it is already almost June, but even if it's only for a few months an apartment will feel so much better. I can't wait to move in next week and finally be able to settle down.
I wish there was more to talk about, but all I've been doing is a lot of traveling lately. Thanks again to all the good luck wishes I've received since arriving in Syracuse. I think some of you guys may find out which team I'm heading to before I do. Very impressive. Anyways, enjoy your weekend and I shall talk to you all later.
Posted by Matt Antonelli at 12:26 AM
Monday, May 16, 2011
Hello everybody. I'm back in Harrisburg, PA and had a few minutes this morning to make a video about being back to playing baseball, racking up my frequent driver miles, and my new hairdo. Here you go, and thanks to all of you that have been wishing me good luck!
Posted by Matt Antonelli at 11:46 AM
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Hey guys, how are we? I haven't been able to get on here in a while and let everyone know how things were going because I've been doing a lot of driving lately. On Monday I had a rehab game in Lakeland, Florida, about two hours from our Spring Training complex in Viera, Florida. In the 5th inning I was told to change out of my uniform and jump on the van to head back to Viera because I was heading out to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Although I had traveled four hours that day, and had another sixteen plus ahead of me, it was very welcomed news. I got back to our home field at around 1:30 PM, packed up my stuff, and jumped in my car for the ride north.
I got on the road around 3:30 PM and drove until about midnight before I pulled over and found a hotel in South Carolina. I did manage to take an hour dinner break and watch the first half of the Celtics vs. Heat game. I guess I should have stayed for the second half and brought a little more luck to the C's, but I had a long way to go. I woke up early the next morning and left the hotel around 8:00 AM before arriving at our field in Harrisburg at about 5:30 PM that night. If you've never seen a game in Harrisburg before let me tell you, it is a beautiful stadium. It may be one of the nicest stadiums I've played in at any level of the minor leagues. I am really looking forward to spending more time in this area.
Today I made my debut for the Senators, starting at 2nd base and hitting second. As crazy as this sounds, it was my first Minor League game since the beginning of August, 2009. Even though that's almost two years ago, once the game started it didn't feel like I have been out of action that long. I guess I've played enough baseball in my life to remember what a real game feels like. As far as the game went, we ended up losing. Personally I felt pretty good and ended the game with two hits. I was just really happy that I ran the bases full speed a few times and had no problems with my leg. This is the first time in my life that when I get from one base to the next I give myself a high five and a congratulations for nothing bad happening to me during the 90 foot run. I guess it's tough getting old.
Tomorrow we are jumping on the bus early in the morning and heading down to Richmond, Virginia for a four game series with the San Francisco Giants affiliate. Hopefully we can get a few wins and I can stay out of the trainer's room. Talk to you guys later and enjoy the rest of the week!
Posted by Matt Antonelli at 4:03 PM
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Hey guys! I hope everyone is having a great week. I wanted to take a few minutes today to spread the word about this Saturday's Padres Wives Tornado Disaster Relief Effort to help assist the victims of last month's devastating tornados across the South. Here is all the info and I hope we can get a good turnout on Saturday.
Posted by Matt Antonelli at 8:40 PM
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Hey guys, how are we doing? Yesterday I was able to play in my first game since re-injuring my hamstring two weeks ago. I played three innings in the field and was able to get three at-bats at the plate. Today I played six innings in the field and received three more at-bats. It felt great to get back out there and be able to get through both games without anything bad happening to me. I'm not yet at the point of playing without thinking at all about my hamstring, but we are still only two days into my rehab games. Tomorrow I will be playing DH, followed by nine innings at second base the following day. I'm still not sure exactly when I will be leaving for the regular season, but it pretty much depends on how I am feeling and if I pass all the tests without any problems. I will be sure to let everyone know how things go. Wish me luck!
On a totally different subject, has anyone ever been to this area of Florida before and witnessed "Love bug season"? I'm really not exactly sure if it is only this area of Florida, or all of Florida, or maybe all of the southeast, but I do know it is pretty disgusting. I'm not a big fan of bugs, or snakes, or spiders, or basically any insect, so having a thousand of them flying around and landing on me every three seconds is not one of my favorite moments so far in Florida. Here is a picture of our team bus on the way to our game today.
Pretty disgusting, I know.
Also, since I went a while without being able to do much on the field I decided to design some new cleats online. Let me know if I'll score some cool points wearing these guys when I get back out there.
Posted by Matt Antonelli at 6:36 PM